A study of ash deposition from a cleaned bituminous and conventional bituminous coal is presented. An electrically heated drop tube furnace is used to burn the coal and provide deposition conditions representative of proposed coal-fired gas turbines. Variations in the combustion temperature and deposit surface temperature demonstrate that surface cooling may significantly reduce ash deposition, or may provide little benefit, depending on the combustion conditions. Lower temperature combustion produced larger ash particles, with a greater fraction of ash adhering to the deposition test surface. Although the sticking coefficient was higher at the lower combustion temperature, the deposits were readily removed. A modest numerical simulation suggests that the smallest ash particles can experience significant boundary layer cooling and may account for the reduction in sticking observed at some conditions.

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